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Organizations and initiatives supporting systematic observation, climate services and research*

African Centre of Meteorological Application for Development (ACMAD)
Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN)
Caribbean Meteorological Organization (CMO)
Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS)
Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS)
CEOS/CGMS Working Group on Climate (CEOS/CGMS WGClimate)
European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT)
European Space Agency (ESA)
Future Earth
(bringing together DIVERSITAS, International Geosphere–Biosphere Programme and International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change and in partnership with World Climate Research Programme)
Global change SysTem for Analysis, Research and Training (START)
Global Climate Observing System (GCOS)
Group on Earth Observations (GEO)
Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS)
Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS)
Integrated Assessment Modelling Consortium (IAMC)
Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI)
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO)
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
International Group of Funding Agencies for global change research (IGFA)
Met Office Hadley Centre for Climate Science and Services (Hadley Centre)
Observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel (OSS)
Research Priorities on Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA)
United Nations Platform for Space-based information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN SPIDER)
World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)
World Climate Services Programme (WCSP)
World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

*Includes research dialogue and structured expert dialogue partners and relevant observer IGOs


Climate Data, Information and Services

Copernicus Climate Change Service
Provides information to increase the knowledge base to support adaptation and mitigation policies.
The CORDEX vision is to advance and coordinate the science and application of regional climate downscaling through global partnerships
Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) Portal
The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) is leading a worldwide effort to build a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). The portal is the entry point to Earth Observation data from all over the world - discover/ access/contribute resources and data discovery tools.
Global Framework for Climate Services (GCFS) - Climate Services Information System
Principal GFCS mechanism through which information about climate – past, present and future – is archived, analyzed, modeled, exchanged and processed
Global Observing Systems Information Center (GOSIC) Portal
The portal serves as a clearinghouse providing convenient, central, one-stop access to data and information identified by the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS). 
International Climate Assessment & dataset (ICA&D)
Information on changes in weather and climate extremes, as well as the daily dataset needed to monitor and analyse these extremes
IPCC Data Distribution Centre
The DDC provides climate, socio-economic and environmental data, both from the past and also in scenarios projected into the future. Technical guidelines on the selection and use of different types of data and scenarios in research and assessment are also provided
IPCC Fifth Assessment Report
The most comprehensive assessment of scientific knowledge on climate change. It was released in four parts: WGI, WGII, WGIII and Synthesis Reports between September 2013 and November 2014 
NASA Earth Exchange Global Daily Downscaled Projections (NEX-GDDP) dataset
Providing downscaled climate model outputs for every country in the world
NASA Global Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet
Providing accurate and timely news and information about Earth’s changing climate, along with current data and visualizations
Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) Climate Explorer
A research tool to investigate the climate and statistically analyse climate data
UN SPIDER links and resources
Entry points and resources to space-based information for disaster risk management and emergency response.


Further Information
UN and Climate Change: The Science
The United Nations and Climate Change Homepage
UNFCCC Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation - Partner Organizations Database
Can be searched to identify partner organizations working on work area(s): Data and Observations, Methods, and Tools and Research
UNFCCC Capacity Building Portal
Can be searched for activities related to research and systematic observation, including meteorological, hydrological and climatological services.

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